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Hubero was entirely unimpressed, just now, when I told him I was away to a hard day at the Office, and to have an extra-dry martini waiting for me when I got home.

Great comments yesterday. Thank you. If you want to keep it up, I won't mind.

Grey and drizzly out there, and, in here, yeah, I'm still exhausted. But I may have turned a corner. I no longer feel quite so much as though something is riding about on my shoulders. I think, last night, it crawled off me and slithered down a drain. We'll be symbiotes again at some later time. For now, I'm not so heavy.

It helps that today is the last day I'm allowing myself to edit the manuscript for Two Worlds and In Between, that tonight it ALL goes away to Bill at subpress. And since Bill has previewed the cover, here's two versions of the entire wondrous cover (behind the cut). We're still a ways from actual layout, of course. But, gods do I love this painting. Thank you, Lee! Oh, I almost forgot. Lee and I will be selling very limited-edition, signed prints of the cover; more on this later:










All day yesterday was spent editing the collection, right up to the time that Geoffrey (readingthedark) arrived. It was good to have company again, so soon after Sonya. There must be more people in my life. How's that for a fucking heresy? We got Lebanese takeout and sat up much too late, talking about magick, books, writers, movies, childhood, drugs, tattoos, gaming, and...tons of other stuff. We watched Antti-Jussi Annila's brilliant Sauna (2008) again, because Spooky had not yet sent it back to Netflix, and I knew how much Geoffrey would love it. I caught so much on the second viewing I missed the first time. It's a film that would hold up under many viewings.

Geoffrey is one of the few people on earth who already has a complete copy of The Drowning Girl, but he hasn't yet had time to read it. Only thirteen people have copies, at this point.

Meanwhile...

There are only THREE days remaining in "Tale of the Ravens" Kickstarter project. One of the last two $500 spots was claimed this morning, and we're still hoping the last one will be, too. The greater the margin by which we exceed our goal, the firmer footing Goat Girl Press will set out upon. Spooky and I are already thinking about projects we'll do after "Tale of the Ravens." And look at all the cool stuff that comes with the $500 donation. So, yes. Donate!

And now, kittens, I go down to slay this rough, unruly Other Beast, who is also me. Or, perhaps, merely to fuck it into submission.

A Skosh Less Weighted,
Aunt Beast

P.S. – STILL NOT A HORROR WRITER.

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greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I simply must have a print of that cover. Must, must.

Be patient.

Edited at 2011-03-22 05:45 pm (UTC)
Olivia Nishkian
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
If you still need cheering up, I am at a point of sleeplessness and doubt where I am beginning to think you are/were right about everything.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
If you still need cheering up, I am at a point of sleeplessness and doubt where I am beginning to think you are/were right about everything.

That's sort of scary.

But...let me see how I feel this evening, and how late it is when I finish the work.

Edited at 2011-03-22 05:46 pm (UTC)
joshrupp
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
Like the hat.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)

Love the hat. Borrowed it from Johnny Depp.
miakodadreams
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous cover! So perfect.

I'm very glad to hear you've bid the Soul Eater farewell for now. The presence of friends does tend to ease the shoulders, bit by bit. There's something to that whole talking and laughing and share experience thing, now and again -- it's a necessary grounding, lest you end up irretrievably lost in the dark places.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)

There's something to that whole talking and laughing and share experience thing, now and again -- it's a necessary grounding, lest you end up irretrievably lost in the dark places.

I'm not sure the two things are mutually exclusive.

I think I just get visitors from time to time.
sevenravens
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
That cover is gorgeous! I especially love that little beastly knight on the back.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)

I especially love that little beastly knight on the back.

As do I!
cucumberseed
Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
That is an amazing cover. This makes me all the more excited for it.

We watched Antti-Jussi Annila's brilliant Sauna (2008) again... I caught so much on the second viewing I missed the first time. It's a film that would hold up under many viewings.

Such an excellent movie, though I'll admit I lost track of it in places, so it heartens me to know that what I missed can be found in subsequent viewings without the whole of the movie going sour.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)

Such an excellent movie, though I'll admit I lost track of it in places, so it heartens me to know that what I missed can be found in subsequent viewings without the whole of the movie going sour.

A month or so between viewings, it's all fresh again (or it was for me).
pisceanblue
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
The painting is absolutely gorgeous (as is its portrayal of the central figure), and serves to enhance an already wonderfully desirable tome. I don't recall if you had mentioned this previously, but is it Panthalassa who puts her hand upon your shoulder?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)

I don't recall if you had mentioned this previously, but is it Panthalassa who puts her hand upon your shoulder?

She is that, and many more. The Grey Lady has many aspects.
seph_ski
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
That is one fantastic portrait. Truly. I hope to some day do something worthy of such an immortalization.

P.S. – STILL NOT A HORROR WRITER.

Every time you make that statement, I picture shackled book reviewers wasting away in a dank cavern somewhere repeatedly scrawling "Caitlin R. Kiernan is NOT A HORROR WRITER" with stubby chalk and bloody knuckles, hoping to eventually appease you and earn their freedom.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)

That is one fantastic portrait. Truly. I hope to some day do something worthy of such an immortalization.

Not sure I am...

Every time you make that statement, I picture shackled book reviewers wasting away in a dank cavern somewhere repeatedly scrawling "Caitlin R. Kiernan is NOT A HORROR WRITER" with stubby chalk and bloody knuckles, hoping to eventually appease you and earn their freedom.

Works for me.
lemonlies
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
That cover is absolutely amazing. I am eagerly anticipating the release of this book.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)

That cover is absolutely amazing.

I can't stop looking at it. Lee has done me a great service.
stillsostrange
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
That is a cover to launch a thousand ships.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)

I'll settle for it selling out the book!
ashlyme
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Awed by the cover, like everyone else, particularly the dapper fox behind you. I'm glad your mood's lifting - keep kicking that Other Beast!

May I ask who Panthalassa is? I can only find the Wiki definition.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)

May I ask who Panthalassa is?

Panthalassa is the name I've given to the Goddess, though she is not properly viewed as any personification. "She" is the sea, all seas.
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lady_theadora
Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see that the Goat Girl Press Kickstarter campaign has been successful. The artwork so far looks amazing.

humglum
Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)


Thank you!
I am so happy the funding has gone so well. And I am absolutely itching to get started on the rest of the paintings.
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sovay
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
But, gods do I love this painting.

It's lovely. You get to hang it on your wall after all of this is over, right?

There must be more people in my life. How's that for a fucking heresy?

I am a jealous god.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)

You get to hang it on your wall after all of this is over, right?

Sadly, not likely. I'll have a print, though.

I am a jealous god.

I'm a fickle god.
pwtucker
Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic cover, in all senses of the word. Congratulations on having such a masterpiece front your collected works.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)

Congratulations on having such a masterpiece front your collected works.

Thank you. I feel very fortunate to have met Lee when I was in Portland back in October.
pepsiswinger
Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
I had to sit here a few minutes and just absorb all the details. That is a bloody beautiful painting.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 22nd, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)

I had to sit here a few minutes and just absorb all the details.

I'm still trying to see it all.
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